• About Lifehouse

    Our mission at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, carers and their families by advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of the disease.

    We began with an ambitious plan to transform cancer care, by creating an integrated and patient-focussed centre of excellence.

    Now that dream is becoming a reality, as we open our state-of-the-art $260 million facility to patients.

    But Lifehouse is more than a new building, it is about creating a new organisation, with the patient at the centre of everything we do.

    Around one in two men and one in three women will get cancer. Every year in NSW alone more than 39,000 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed – that is more than 100 every day.

    We want to make things easier for people with cancer through integrated treatment, research, education, complementary therapies and support. At Lifehouse, everything a patient needs will be in one place, including allied health, complementary therapies and psycho-social support.Lifehouse is located alongside Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Sydney University in Camperdown.

    From November 2013, patients from RPA’s Sydney Cancer Centre moved across to Lifehouse.

    Turning the vision into reality

    The transition of services will be staged. Stage 1 involves the opening of certain outpatient services, including ambulatory care clinics for breast surgery, gynaecological oncology, bone and soft tissue sarcoma, head and neck, radiation oncology, medical oncology and chemotherapy.

    Our purpose-built Integrative Medicine centre - the Lifehouse LivingRoom has also opened, providing supportive services, education and complementary therapy treatments that can be used in partnership with clinical care to help relieve stress, reduce pain and anxiety and manage side effects.

    Once Stage 2 is complete, in 2014/15, Lifehouse will also provide surgery, in-patient beds and an Intensive Care Unit.

    We also have a strong focus on educating the next generation of cancer clinicians and on medical research, including trials of new drugs, both by conducting our own research and by partnering with other institutions.

    Lifehouse represents a unique model of care and funding in Australia, as a not-for-profit public benevolent institution treats public and private patients. We have no shareholders and income is reinvested for the benefit of our patients.

    The facility is located on state government owned land and Lifehouse has received more than $180 million in federal government grants.